2009 Winter Genealogy Workshops

Introduction

The Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library (OHS), the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library jointly offer a series of programs designed to introduce family history researchers to the many records and resources available to them.  

 

The workshops will offer an in-depth introduction to the basic methods, tools and sources for getting started in your family history research.  These programs are recommended to those who have not previously had genealogical instruction or who are looking to refresh or jump-start their genealogical research skills.  

 

Several courses will be held each month with some courses repeated throughout the year. 

 

Many sessions will be held at OHS, but some will be held at the Main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Registration for OHS classes is available online at http://www.ohiohistorystore.com/Genealogy-C49.aspx

 

THE CORNERSTONES OF GENEALOGY (GW2)

This course establishes the foundation for all further genealogical research.  It provides the beginning genealogist or family historian with the scope, understanding, and sources of information used to prepare a family tree or family history.  Describes the uses and sources of Vital Statistics, Census Records, Land Records, and Probate Files. Includes topics such as military records, church records, identifying female ancestors, importance of source documentation, newspapers, family portraits, obscure sources, and record preservation. Summarizes special types of records available to add body to the basic information.

Date/Time:  January 10, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society

Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

 

FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCES AT OHS (GW1)

Offers an in-depth look at the OHS holdings and their use in genealogy. Areas include Ohio public records, historical manuscript and audiovisual sources, and other unusual materials.  This session is ideal for those who want to find out more about the sources in the Archives/Library.

Date/Time:  January 17, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society

Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PROBATE PROCESS (GW4)

When a person is deceased, the probate process prescribes the disposition of his or her assets.  Very often the probate file is a veritable gold mine of genealogical information.  This course describes the probate process both when there is a will and when no will exists.  It explains the legal language involved so that one is able to recognize various documents and understand their purpose.  The value of other court cases as genealogical data sources is also discussed as well as the relevance of land records involved in probate.  The course includes a description of land surveys and land record files with their location in the courthouse.

Date/Time:  January 31, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society

Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

 

A TRIP THROUGH TIME WITH THE CENSUS (GW3)

Census records are the key to adding real life to your family history. They contain a wealth of family and social information and rank next to vital statistics in their value to the genealogist. This course examines the data within a census and the relationship of that data with information in other census records. It identifies specific census data elements and schedules of special importance to the genealogist. It discusses census availability, uses of indices, special finding aids, and the Internet and explains how maps and directories can be used to supplement census data.

Date/Time:  February 7, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society

Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

 

Introduction to Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Genealogy Collection

Get a more intimate look at CML’s collection and services for genealogists. Areas include Ohio and other states and some of the special collections such as the Palatines To America (German) and Huguenot (French) collections. You’ll also learn about resources available though CML’s genealogy webpage. This session is ideal for those who want to find out about the genealogy resources currently available at Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Date/Time:  February 14 and April 18, 10 am-noon.

Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library Auditorium at 96 S. Grant Ave.

Cost:  FREE

To register please go to Columbus Metropolitan Library’s EVENTS page at http://evanced.columbuslibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?Lib=ALL&dt=sd or call 614-645-2275

 

Genealogy Forum

Have you ever wanted to get expert advice on how to solve the unsolvable in your family history research? This is your chance to grill the professionals. Join us for an open discussion of search strategies, hidden treasures and hard to find records. Come prepared with your own research mysteries or just listen and learn from others. Panelists will include representatives of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Genealogy History & Travel staff, OHS Research Services staff, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society and other experts.
Date/Time:  February 28, 2009, 2-4 pm

Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library Auditorium at 96 S. Grant Ave.

Cost:  FREE
To register please go to Columbus Metropolitan Library’s EVENTS page at http://evanced.columbuslibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?Lib=ALL&dt=sd or call 614-645-2275

 

MILITARY HISTORY RESOURCES AND THE FAMILY HISTORIAN (GW5)

Military records generate from three different kinds of status: pre-service, actual service, and post-service. Basically these records fall into three categories: draft or selective service records, service records, and benefit records. This course reviews the different kinds of records that apply to each status in relation to a particular conflict.  Draft records, military service records, pension files, rosters and militia records are discussed in detail. You will learn what information is in these records, how the information was obtained, where the records are located and how to access them.  OHS holdings will be highlighted with examples of original records available in the Archives/Library.

Date/Time:  March 7, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society

Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

 

INTRODUCTION TO LAND OFFICE RECORDS IN OHIO (GW18A)

Do you think that your ancestor may have bought land from the United States government or received a Revolutionary War bounty?  This course describes the differences between a bounty, a direct sale, a grant, and a homestead, and provides a description of how land was divided in Ohio.  The course points out where lands were available in Ohio to Revolutionary War veterans and describes how to determine who claimed Revolutionary bounty lands and how to locate individual claims.  Original records will be used to illustrate grants and surveys and all seven original land surveys will be covered.  This is a broad introduction to land records and will serve those just beginning research in this area.

Date/Time:  March 21, 10 am-noon.

Location: Ohio Historical Society
Cost:  $15 OHS/FCGHS members, $20.00 non members

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